land use

Republican Congressmen from several Western states are running with a theme that emerged during the recent armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. 

Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

Drive through this vast landscape of sagebrush and pine forests with Lorah Super, and she’ll point out the scars of wildfire all around you: scorched hillsides and razed homes from this summer’s Okanogan Complex fires, and gradual re-growth from burns in 2012 and 2014. “Last year, everything to the South, North, and East was on fire--this was a little bit of a donut hole in the Carlton Complex,” Super says, pointing out the window.